Lewis Hamilton sports ripped jeans and branded fleece as he rides unicycle around Barcelona with pet dogs


He lives his life in the fast lane – both on and off-track.

But Lewis Hamilton traded in his Formula 1 racing car for a mode of transport far more relaxing as he enjoyed some time out from his packed schedule in Barcelona, Spain, on Tuesday.

The sportsman hopped on his trusty one-wheeled hoverboard as he enjoyed a low-key outing with his beloved pet pooches – Roscoe and Coco – during day one of F1 winter testing at the Circuit de Catalunya track in Montmelo.








Lewis looked in a relaxed mood and stable on the gadget while holding one of his dogs on a lead while the other ran obediently beside them.
His sighting comes after he revealed he is writing music about his on-off girlfriend Nicole Scherzinger as he tries to crack the music industry.
Although their ill-fated relationship has inspired some tracks, he insisted he’s not written any thing negative about the former Pussycat Doll whom he split from for the umpteenth time in February last year.


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Felicity Huffman skilfully masters the hoverboard

She may have been nominated for an Academy Award and is one of the world’s most revered actresses but turns out she has what many other celebrities lack – balance.

Felicity Huffman proved she has some serious skills when it comes to riding the transportation of the future on Friday.

The 53-year-old made hopping up on a hoverboard look easy at the GBK & LifeCell 2016 Pre-Oscar Lounge in West Hollywood, California, on Friday.


Balancing act: Felicity Huffman proved she has some serious hooverboard skills at the GBK & LifeCell 2016 Pre-Oscar Lounge in West Hollywood, California, on Friday

The Transamerica star looked like a pro as she kicked off her shoes and stood up on the red Swagway.

The only thing giving her away as not a professional Swagway rider was the slightly comical face she pulled as she got her balance.

Mountain of illegal “exploding” hoverboards erupts into flames after being seized at Heathrow to be destroyed


  • Trading Standards were destroying 90 potentially dangerous hoverboards when they caught fire 
  • The devices had to be sprayed with a powder-based fire extinguisher before they were crushed and recycled 
  • A £7,500 consignment of 90 hoverboards brought to the UK via Hong Kong was impounded at Surrey checkpoint 



Authorities destroying scores of dangerous hoverboards were forced to run for cover – when they set on fire.

Trading Standards officials took the 90 devices that were imported into the UK from Hong Kong and destroyed them.

After electrical testing the boards were found to have defective battery packs and other faulty features which could have led to them catching fire or exploding without warning.

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The £7,500 consignment had been brought into the country via Heathrow Airport and sent to an inspection point in Surrey where officers with Buckinghamshire and Surrey Trading Standards found possible problems with the boards.

A further haul of 50 hoverboards, also brought in through Heathrow, has been impounded by trading standards officers while investigations continue.

The gadgets have been plagued with warnings over safety after a number of hoverboards have blown up when plugged in to charge.

Online retailer Amazon has told customers who bought ‘hoverboards’ to throw them out after concerns they can catch fire and Trading Standards officials revealed that 80 per cent of hoverboards are unsafe.

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More than 32,000 hoverboards were held at the UK border in December after they were deemed not safe to use.

Boards with low quality batteries are feared to be prone to exploding, with fires said to have been caused by batteries in cheap models bulk produced in China then rebranded in the UK and US.

National Trading Standards said more than 38,000 hoverboards had been ‘subject to intervention’ due to safety concerns, and more than 80 per cent had been assessed as unsafe.

They were even banned from being used in Windsor Great Park by the Crown Estate in line with the Crown Prosecution Service’s guidance, according to The Sun.


China’s hoverboard makers are banding together to try to save the industry


China’s fragmented, chaotic hoverboard industry is trying to clean itself up.
More than 100 Chinese hoverboard sellers, assemblers, and component supplies have banded together to form a trade association called the Hoverboard Industry Alliance. After forming officially in January, the group just held its second conference on Thursday (Mar. 3).

The group intends to work with organizations that set standards for safety and patents in the US, China, and elsewhere, one manufacturer member told Quartz. For example, manufacturers preparing to ship their devices to the US can turn to the association for guidance on how to apply for a UL certification, which most US retailers require before they will sell any electronic devices. Or, a manufacturer looking to make hoverboards could ask the association how to obtain a patent license for the device in China. Hangzhou-based manufacturer CHIC owns the intellectual property rights to the hoverboard in China, and it often leases the patent out to other factories in the country.

The group also intends to communicate regularly with UL and the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), a branch of the US government in charge of consumer goods safety, to help create and enforce standards for the industry.

At last Thursday’s meeting, the group discussed the process required to receive a UL 2722 certification—a standard created specifically for hoverboards. A representative from UL attended the meeting to explain the steps and meet with the organization’s members. A representative of the CPSC is set to meet with the organization this week.

China’s ultra-efficient, ultra-fragmented manufacturing sector helped drive the hoverboard’s popularity last year. After a set of viral videos with the device made the rounds on YouTube, hundreds of factories and sellers spent money making hoverboards and shipping them to the US and other countries. According to the Guangdong Testing Institute of Product Quality Supervision, a quality control organization that also works with the Hoverboard Industry Alliance, China has over 500 factories making hoverboards, about 300 of which are located in Shenzhen.

But this speed and efficiency came at a cost. In a rush to meet orders, some manufacturers and suppliers made shoddy products. After a string of fires that were set by exploding hoverboards, e-commerce vendors removed the product from shelves, and the US government effectively banned their sale.

Chinese hoverboard sellers and manufacturers are now feeling the after effects of those measures. Sales have plummeted, and many have been left with large inventories in the United States that they can’t get rid of. Industry players hope that by banding together they can retain better leverage with Amazon and other e-commerce sites, whom they feel have unfairly punished them.

The Hoverboard Industry Association has also begun collecting data about hoverboard sales. It estimates that in 2015 the industry exported more than 30 billion yuan (about $4.6 billion) worth.

But sales are unlikely to reach those heights this year. Making money on a newly popular gizmo was the easy part. Turning hundreds of manufacturers used to cut-throat competition into a reliable, organized supply chain will be harder.